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Posted by Boris Evelson on May 18, 2010
By Boris Evelson
My friend and highly respected colleague, Wayne Eckerson from TDWI, posted a great article called “Purple BI People”. In the article he described some of the best practices for business and IT alignment, and cross-functional skills sets needed for successful and effective BI professionals. Wayne, I loved the blue cow analogy, you know that I always think in metaphors, analogies, similies and associations. But, while I completely agree with Wayne in his near term assessment, best practices and recommendations, I would like to suggest another long term point of view.
Can business and IT ever align on BI? Can business ever be satisfied with IT for delivering successful and effective BI applications? Is there such a thing as BT (Business Technology, the phrase that Forrester coined and promotes) in BI?
I used to think we could deliver on that promise. Not so sure it’s that straightforward now. Just look at some of the hopelessly diametrically opposing business and IT priorities. I hear the following complaints from my clients day in and day out:
So can business and IT ever find the common ground, common language, lingua franca of BI? Wayne makes some great suggestions on how to do so. But – and this is only one poor analyst's opinion – perhaps the future lies in the clear separation of duties. Let’s fantasize for a second and imagine a bright future where we can reconcile the seemingly irreconcilable business and IT differences and invent a win-win situation as follows:
What do you think? As always, more than interested in hearing the contrarian views.
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